Toxic Algae May Be Present At Long Lake Park

The swimming beach at Long Lake Park has been posted to inform park visitors that toxic algae may be present. The algae could make affected areas of the lake unsafe for people and pets.

The algae bloom was spotted near the park's beach on Wednesday, August 28. The bloom has dissipated, but algae particles are still visible in the water. Water quality analysts weren’t able to collect samples during the bloom, so testing to verify the algae's strain could not be conducted.

Over the holiday weekend, the City of Lacey is advising boaters and swimmers:

  • To keep children and pets away from areas where algae is visible
  • Not to swim, water ski, or operate a vessel in areas where algae is visible
  • Not to drink the lake water
  • To clean fish well
  • To call a doctor or veterinarian if you, your children, or pets have sudden or unexplained sickness or signs of poisoning.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, a combination of warm temperatures, sunlight, and nutrient-rich waters can cause blue-green algae to reproduce rapidly, known as "blooming." Blue-green blooms usually float to the surface and can be several inches thick near the shoreline. Some blue-green algae can produce toxins or poisons, potentially causing illness in humans, pets, waterfowl, and other animals that come in contact with it.

For more information, call Jenny Wilson, Lacey Parks and Recreation, at (360) 491-0857. To learn more about blue-green algae and what to do if you see an algae bloom, visit

LACEY, WA, August 30, 2013: City Of Lacey Press Release

Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery

Shelton, WA-- The Shelton Arts Commission’s sponsored Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery is once again displaying new works of art for viewing.

Artists Carol Creed and Tim Ransom were selected to show their art in the gallery through the end of November. The gallery space is located in the main room of the Shelton Civic Center on the wall between the municipal court room and police department entrances. Art may be viewed during the civic center’s regular business hours of Monday – Friday 8:00AM –5:00PM.

The arts commission invites the public to attend an artist reception on Tuesday, September 10 from 5:00PM – 6:00PM in the Shelton Civic Center. The artists will be present to discuss their work and meet with the public.

August 29, 2013/Press Release-City of Shelton

I-5 Lane and Ramp Closures

Olympia -Closures for bridge joint repairs rescheduled due to rain. Lane and ramp closures scheduled this week on Interstate 5 in Olympia for bridge joint repairs were cancelled due to inclement weather. The work has been rescheduled and the night lane and ramp closures will occur as follows:

From 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the two left northbound lanes of I-5 at Pacific Avenue. During the closure, they will repair joints on the I-5 bridge spanning Pacific Avenue.

From 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, through 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, crews will close the following lanes and ramps:

• one northbound I-5 lane at Henderson Boulevard;
• northbound I-5 lane near the I-5/US 101 merge, extending into double-lane closure near Henderson Boulevard;
• the left lane of southbound US 101 approaching I-5;
• the Deschutes Parkway on-ramp to northbound I-5;
• the northbound I-5 exit (#105) to the Olympia City Center.

Submitted by WSDOT

4th Avenue Sidewalk Closure

Sidewalk Closed to Facilitate Oyster House Reconstruction. The Oyster House restaurant is in the process of demolition and reconstruction of the restaurant building. This construction activity will require the closure of the 4th Avenue sidewalk between Sylvester Street and Water Street. The sidewalk closure will begin on August 30, 2013 and anticipated to be completed by the end of February 2014. Access to the boat ramp and boat dock will remain open. Please obey the pedestrian detour signs for your safety and the safety of the workers.